CPHS Alumni Association Teacher Hall of Fame 2015
Deborah Taylor Cuffia
Born and raised in Ohio and Iowa, Deborah Cuffia graduated from Central High School in Sioux City, Iowa, and attended Indiana State University, earning a BS in education with a major in English. Deborah also completed her MS in education at Indiana University with a concentration in reading and her administrator’s license from Indiana Wesleyan University. After teaching reading to high school students for one year in Robinson, Illinois, Deb moved to northwestern Indiana and began teaching at Crown Point High School, where she happily spent the remainder of her career. During her tenure at CPHS, she taught 9th and 10th transitional English, 9th and 10th regular English, and senior college-bound English literature and world literature for 32 years. In addition to coaching varsity girls’ tennis for 16 years, she also chaired the School Improvement team for 6 years, was English Department Chair for 12 years, and assistant principal for 6 years. Deborah is married to Jim, has a daughter Kristen, a son-in-law Phil, and three grandchildren.
Joseph C. Heuer
Industrial Education, Coach, and Sponsor
Mr. Heuer graduated from Purdue University with a BS degree in Trade and Industrial Education in January 1954. He earned his MS degree from Indiana State University in 1964. He served in the US Army doing topographical map drafting1954-1956. He taught mechanical drawing and architectural drawing for 33 years at CPHS, 1956-1989. He was head of the Industrial Education Department from 1959 through 1979. He coached boys golf from 1980-1989. Mr. Heuer also worked during the summer months as a product engineering draftsman at the Anderson Co. for 28 years. He served as Vice President and President of the Crown Point Classroom Teacher Association. He started and sponsored the Chess Club in 1956 and sponsored the Camera Club. He served as head sponsor for the class of 1967. He served in many positions in District 1, in the Indiana Industrial Education Association. Mr. Heuer moved through the ranks to serve as State President of the IIEA.
Joe says that he has been blessed by God with a large family and second wife, Donna L. Bissey Keller, widow of Russ Keller, after the death of his first wife Carolyn Sorrell Heuer.
Nancy Huber May
Algebra, Pre-Calculus, and AP Calculus
Mrs. May began her teaching career at Taft Junior High School in 1970. After maternity leave, she started teaching at Crown Point High School in 1977. She continued teaching at the high school until she retired in August of 2009. During her teaching career she taught all levels of mathematics and was the math department chairperson for twenty years.
Nancy and Tom May both graduated from Cannelton High School in Cannelton, Indiana. They went on to Indiana State University and earned their BS and MS degrees. Tom and Nancy have two children Jennifer and Jeff.
Physical Education, Health,
Fitness and Nutrition
Mr. May began his teaching career at Winfield Elementary and in 1972 moved to Taft Junior High. In 1975, he went on to teach at Crown Point High School. He served as the Physical Education department Chair for twenty-five years.
Tom led the Bulldog Girls Basketball players to two state championships.
Malcolm “Mac” P. Ruby
Biology & Chemistry Teacher and Coach
Mr. Ruby came to Crown Point in 1943 after teaching at Fountain City and Centerville Indiana. He held a liberal arts degree from Earlham College and MA from Ball State Teachers College. He taught biology and chemistry at Crown Point. Mr. Ruby was an active member in the Crown Point Community. He emphasized to his students scholarship, honesty, integrity, and good sportsmanship.